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By Jennifer M. Fitzenberger
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 20, 1997

Here's the story of a man named ... Barry


Chris Richards
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Barry Williams, better known as TV's Greg Brady, leads students in a few of the Brady favorites last night in the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Student Union.

When Barry Williams donned his Johnny Bravo duds last night for about 300 screaming UA "Brady Bunch" fans, he became Greg Brady again - a 1970s teen-age heartthrob who kept his hands to himself.

But off stage, he dated his TV mom and sister.

"He was awesome. I'm the biggest Brady Bunch fan," said history junior Sara Regan, who enjoyed Williams' behind the scene stories. "The first kiss with Marcia story was the best."

Williams, who played Greg Brady on the legendary 1960s-'70s sitcom told the group in the Memorial Student Union's Arizona Ballroom last night that life away from the set included romance and money-hungry cast members.

"I had a crush on Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) the whole time we did the show," Williams said. "One day I invited her to go on a date. She was a little more than twice my age, but I wanted to pursue the object of my desire."

Williams, 15 at the time, kissed Henderson goodnight after their date.

"On the set on Monday, everyone knew I had been out with Florence Henderson," he said. "What is it with Greg and his TV mom? This was weird, even for the Bradys, so I started dating my TV sister."

The audience erupted into applause and hollers and asked Williams, 43, for the details.

"I'm not the kind of guy to kiss and tell," he said, hiding behind his forearm.

Williams said he was particularly close to Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia on the program, when the cast was shooting an episode in Hawaii.

"I could smell the gardenias in her hair - Marcia," he said, fluttering his eyes. "I gave her a hot, passionate, chock-filled-with-emotion kiss. That is as far as we went - that night."

Williams said when Brady Bunch reunion shows were scheduled, the cast members began to drop out one by one.

"We did go on with our lives," he said.

In 1977 Eve Plumb, who played Jan Brady, decided not to join her TV family in hosting a one-hour variety show called the "Brady Bunch Hour."

Although Plumb refused because she had found her "claim to fame" elsewhere, her next project was the "Brady Bunch Girls Get Married," Williams said.

The next Brady to "bail," he said, was Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady.

Williams said she did not agree to do "A Very Brady Christmas" because she wanted more money than Paramount offered.

When Williams asked the audience if it knew what Olsen had done lately, responses ranged from death to being a porn star.

"Oh, that's a lousy visual," Williams said, laughing.

Dressed as Johnny Bravo, Williams led about 20 audience volunteers in a dance choreographed to "Sunshine Day."

Associated Students Senator Tara Taylor was in the front row, moving to the music.

"He's everything I ever dreamed of," she said. "He is so fine."

The $5,000 presentation was sponsored by the ASUA Speakers Board, said Jamie Kanter, the board's director.

He said Williams is the first of two or three speakers the board will sponsor this year.

"He (Williams) is an icon of pop culture," Kanter said. "That's why he is here."

Other speakers, such as Oprah Winfrey, can cost as much as $100,000 per visit, Kanter said.

This year, he said, the board hopes to attract film director John Singelton or the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a politician.

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